Resources for Incoming First-Generation Students

Mount Holyoke values the unique contributions First-Gen students make to our diverse learning community and we are invested in your success. The First-Gen Network and First-Gen Low-Income Partnership (FLIP) have collaborated to develop resources to help you navigate the academic, social, financial and career challenges you may face as a First-Gen student.

Though you have yet to arrive on campus, there are many things to do now that will ease your transition to college. Below you will find important information about getting started, along with a checklist to help you keep track of the tasks you have completed.

Email Communication

Information from the College will initially be sent to the email address you provided in your application, but very soon it will be sent only to your new MHC email address (something like: You should set up your MHC email as soon as possible, as important information about things like housing and registration will soon be arriving (May and June for fall entrants, October–December for spring entrants). Be sure to keep your password written somewhere safe.

Course Registration

The Registrar will send you important information about how and when you can register for classes. Read it thoroughly and mark your calendar so you know the date your registration begins. Practice logging into your my.mtholyoke account and explore the site — this is where you can access course registration and other resources. You can find helpful information on choosing classes in the First Year Guide, and advising options from home will be available.


Residential Life makes every effort to match students with compatible roommates. Complete the housing questionnaire as soon as you can. Be realistic about your sleep, neatness and hygiene habits for the most successful match. Learn more about the housing selection process.

You may want to start collecting the items you will need for living on campus. A suggested packing list will be provided, but you may not need everything to start. Since we have regular twin beds, you may be able to use your home bedding here.

Pre-Entrance Health Requirements

All incoming students must complete the pre-entrance health requirements, online and downloadable printed forms. All information should be submitted by July 1 for fall and December 1 for spring. Varsity and club sports athletes should complete and submit the sports clearance packet.


A college education is an important and valuable investment and Student Financial Services (SFS) is here to help you navigate the financial aid process, understand your payment and financing options, and build personal financial management skills. SFS is available Monday–Friday year round to answer any questions you may have. Please call, email or drop in anytime you need assistance. No appointments are necessary!

Now that you are a matriculated student, information about your financial aid package and documents are available via Financial Aid Online. Set up your account in May and make sure that your financial aid package and documents are in good order. New document requirements may have been added since your initial financial aid package was issued.

Fall semester charges are billed in early July and due July 31. Spring semester charges are billed in early December and due January 5. Meeting the payment deadline means that you have paid the bill, enrolled in the monthly payment plan or arranged additional financing to cover the balance due by the deadline. Students view their bills online through TouchNet by logging in to my.mtholyoke. Students should set up parents/sponsors as authorized users so that they may also view the bill.

Per Massachusetts regulation, health insurance is mandatory for all students. Students who are U.S. citizens or who hold U.S. permanent residency status may waive the health insurance premium with proof of comparable insurance coverage. The health insurance waiver request form opens in mid-June and requests should be submitted by July 31. If your family contribution is very low and you are not eligible to waive the student health insurance coverage, please contact Student Financial Services to discuss payment and funding options.


If you plan to work while you are here, it is never too early to begin the process of finding an on-campus job. You can use JobX and can contact the Career Development Center with any questions (413-538-2080; open Monday–Friday from 9 am to 5 pm).

Planning Travel

Know your move-in date and begin to solidify travel plans as soon as possible. If you are booking a round-trip flight, be sure to select your return flight on or after the last day of final exams. For more information about getting to campus, please see our Directions web page.

Recruited varsity student-athletes in the sports of cross country, field hockey, rowing, soccer or volleyball are expected to attend preseason practices. Contact the head coach to confirm your move-in date.

Assigned move-in dates are firm! Students may not move in before their assigned arrival date.

Before You Arrive Checklist

  • Set up MHC email
  • Log in to my.mtholyoke
  • Set up Financial Aid Online account
  • Complete everything on the orientation to-do list.
  • Start using a calendar (decide whether paper or digital will work best for you) and begin entering important dates that can be found in my.mtholyoke:
    • Registration
    • Move-In
    • First day of classes
    • October break
    • Advising period
    • Registration period
    • Thanksgiving break
    • Final exam period
  • Plan your travel to and from MHC
    • Explore options (plane, train, bus)
    • Make reservations